Vacancy - Reception & Administration (Part time)

The Eltham Cemetery Trust is a not for profit community organisation, providing exemplary service and support to its community.  The Trust is seeking an Administration Officer/Receptionist to join our small team, to support our families in the bereavement process, resolving enquiries, assisting in memorialisation arrangements, and undertaking data entry in a professional, timely and accurate manner.

Duties include

  • Provide support to families and visitors with/to :
    • Information about availability and options for burial and cremated remains
    • Provide assistance to complete necessary paperwork
    • Identify burial or interment locations and fulfill historical research requests
    • Facilitate memorialisation arrangements
    • Provide information about Trust services, facilities and products
  • Provide timely and courteous customer service in person, over the phone, or via email/letter
  • Process funeral and interment bookings
  • Maintain accurate Trust registers, records and documentation
  • Scheduling appointments
  • Issuance of Rights of Interment (confirmation of purchase of a grave or interment site)
  • Invoicing and receipting for Trust products and services
  • Raise work instructions as required
  • Digitisation and indexing of Trust archived records
  • Maintain up to date, comprehensive content on cemetery website
  • Preparation of correspondence as directed
  • Take collection of deliveries to the cemetery
  • Purchase of consumables and supplies as required
  • Collection of mail and bank deposits as required

Skills and Experience

  • be at ease working in a cemetery; showing care, compassion and empathy in a highly visible role
  • have resilience to be dealing with and talking to people about death, dying and dealing with the remains of deceased persons
  • working in emotionally charged environment with an understanding of the impacts of the grieving process and dealing with trauma and loss
  • ability to work in a professional and respectful manner towards a diverse range of people, cultures and beliefs
  • excellent communication skillshighly organised, strong attention to detail and ability to multi-task
  • capable of being proactive, productive and showing initiative, willingness to learn new skills
  • strong computer skills in Microsoft Office such as Word, Excel and Outlook

Whilst this is an office oriented role, there is a requirement that the successful applicant is capable of walking the cemetery grounds on a daily basis or as required to support families and staff functions.

Hours per week

25 hours per week (5 hours a day, during business/schools hours). Opportunities for additional hours may exist at peak periods throughout the year. 


Salary and conditions will be in accordance with the State Government Agencies Award.

How to apply

Please email your resume to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; ensure you include a cover letter outlining why you are interested in the role, and how your skills, knowledge, experience and/or qualifications could add value to our team.  Please call Julia Drew on 03 9432 1963 if you would like to have a confidential discussion about the role.  
Applications close 5pm Monday 30 January 2023

This position requires the successful candidate to undergo a police check; the Eltham Cemetery Trust is an Equal Opportunity Employer, and we encourage applications from people of all ages, nationalities, abilities and cultures, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, the LGBTQI+ community and people living with disability.